Locating Indiana Government Documents

This guide shows how to best find Indiana documents from the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of state government, both in print and online. Print materials listing call numbers are available in the Indiana Collection (IND.) or in the Indiana Reference (IND.REF.) area located on the second floor. Many more printed documents published by state agencies are listed in ISL’s online catalog.


Indiana Constitution: Current 1851 Constitution with amendments (online)
1816 and 1851 Constitutions guide: Historical background and online full text of the Journal of the Constitutional convention.

Legislative Branch

Legislative History and Legislative Intent

Researchers are often interested in reviewing bill histories and legislative documents to try to determine why the state legislature enacted the law or why it used specific language, i.e. “legislative intent.” The Indiana General Assembly does not keep a verbatim transcript of their debates. Both the Indiana House and Senate chambers keep a daily journal of their proceedings. The journals record motions and votes, but no record is made of debate. The only time the debates of the General Assembly were transcribed and recorded is 1858-1887; those debates are known as the Brevier Reports (IND. 328.71 I385); Brevier Reports digitized copies. Check the Indiana General Assembly website for the most current information, including Standing and Interim Committees’ Minutes and Reports. Older printed committee reports may be listed in ISL’s online catalog.

House and Senate Bills

Bills 1999-current (online)  
Bills 1977-1979 & 1996-current are in paper format. (See librarian)
Bills 1980-1996 are on microfilm. (“Indiana General Assembly Bills” drawer)
Bills prior to 1977 are at the Indiana State Archives.
Bills are also in the House and Senate Journals.

House and Senate Journals

Journal of the House of Representatives: 1816-current (IND. 328 i385Ljh)
House Journals: 2004-current (online)
House Journals: 1817-1879 (online; not sorted chronologically)
Journal of the Senate: 1816-current (IND. 328 i385Ljs)
Senate Journals: 2005-current (online)
Senate Journals: 1818-1875 (online; not sorted chronologically)
Index to House and Senate Journals: 1975-current (IND. 328 i385Ljx)

House and Senate Resolutions

Resolutions: 1999-current (General Assembly online Session Archives)
Resolutions are also in the House and Senate Journals.

Indiana Code

For pre-1976 laws see the Indiana Acts. Use Historical Tables (online) to trace derivation of and disposition of statutes.

Indiana Code: latest update (online); Indiana Code archives: back to 2009 (online)
Indiana Code (supplements and replacement volumes): 1976-current (IND.REF. 345.1 i385iba)
Indiana Code of 1971: (IND. 345.1 i385ia)
*Note: First official edition of Indiana Code was in 1976.

Burns’ Indiana Statutes Annotated. Code Edition: 1972-current (IND. 345.1 i385; current set IND.REF. 345.1 i385)

Indiana Acts & Statutes

Indiana Acts: 2000-current (online)
Indiana Acts: 1816-current (IND. 345.1 i385); 1933-current (IND.REF. 345.1 i385) 

Noncode Statutes: 1807-current (online)
*Note: Noncode Statutes are laws that are temporary or special and will not amend the Indiana Code.

Burns’ Annotated Statutes of the State of Indiana:  1933-1971 (IND. 345.1 i385)
Annotated Indiana Statutes: 1894-1926 (IND. 345.1 i385)

Laws of the Indiana Territory: 1801-1816 (IND. REF. 345.1 i385Li; 1801-1809 online; 1809-1816 online)
Laws of the North West Territory: 1788-1800 (IND.REF 345.1 N879L; also online)

How to Cite Indiana Laws

The Bill Drafting Manual (online) lists preferred legal citations to the Indiana Code, Indiana Acts, Indiana Administrative Code, and Indiana Register.

Secondary Sources for Legislative History

The Indiana State Library has an index to the Indianapolis Newspapers (1898-1978 card drawers; 1979-1991 online index) which may help determine when noteworthy laws were proposed or changed. ISL has an onsite ProQuest subscription to full-text articles in the Indianapolis Star from 1991-current. Other legislative news coverage may be found in the periodicals Indiana Legislative Insight, 1989-current, (IND. 328 I385LI) and Howey Political Report, 1994-current (online).

Executive Branch (Administrative)

Administrative Code

Rules and regulations written and promulgated by state agencies make up the Indiana Administrative Code. The Indiana Register provides public notice of state agency rule-making and includes proposed and recently adopted rules. Once rules and regulations become final, they are published in the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC).

Indiana Administrative Code: latest update (online)
Indiana Administrative Code archives: 2003-current (online)
Indiana Administrative Code: 1979-2004 (IND. 345.1 i385iac)

Indiana Register

Contains proposed, emergency, and permanently adopted rules of state agencies, as well as Executive Orders of the Governor and Official Opinions of the Attorney General.

Indiana Register:  October 2000-current (online)
Indiana Register:  July 1978-July 2006 (IND.REF. 345.1 i385iaca)

Pre-IAC Rules & Regulations

Additions and Revisions to the Rules and Regulations: 1947-1979 (IND. 350 i385r)
Burns' Indiana Administrative Rules and Regulations. Annotated: 1968-1975 (IND. 345 i385b)

*Note: Search ISL’s online catalog for older Rules & Regulations specific to a state agency.

Executive Orders

Executive Orders: 2013-current (online)
List of Executive Orders (PDF): July 1978-current (see printed or online Indiana Register)
Executive Orders prior to July 1978: Contact the Indiana State Archives 
Pardons & Commutations 1890-1910: see Secretary of State Reports (IND. 353.9 I385ss)

Attorney General

Indiana Attorney General website archives: 2001-current
List of Attorney General's Opinions (PDF): July 1978-current (see printed or online Indiana Register)
Opinions of the Attorney General: 1873-1992 (IND. 340 I385ag)
Opinions of the Indiana Attorney General: 1933-1976 (online)

Secretary of State – Election Reports

Indiana Secretary of State Reports: 1876-1916 (IND.  353.9 I385ss) General Election only
Indiana Secretary of State.  Election Report: 1917-1950 see Year Book of the State of Indiana
Indiana Secretary of State.  Election Report: 1950-1970 (IND. 324 I385g) General Election only
Indiana Secretary of State.  Election Report: 1972-current (IND.  324 I385g) Primary and General
Indiana Secretary of State.  Election Results: 2002-current (online) Primary and General

Additional Agency Reports and Publications

Many current state agency reports and publications are posted online: Find an Agency or Agency Reports to the General Assembly.  Search for older printed versions of agency reports inISL’s online catalog. Some digitized historical documents are in the Indiana Government Documents collection at Indiana Memory.

Documentary Journal of Indiana: 1835-1912 (IND. 328.7 i35); also 1835-1909 online
*Note: includes various reports of state agencies

Index to Documentary Journal of Indiana: 1835-1898 (online)

Year Book of the State of Indiana: 1917-1950 (IND. 328.7 IY); also 1917-1950 online
*Note: includes state agency reports and statistics, Primary and General Election Returns

Indiana Department of Health Monthly Bulletin: 1899-1991 (online)

Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources: Feb.1934-Nov./Dec.1993 (online);

Judicial Branch

Court Decisions & Cases

Blackford’s Indiana Reports: 1817-1847 (IND. 347 i385bs)
Indiana Reports: 1848-1981 (IND. 345.4 i385s)
Reports of Appellate Court / Court of Appeals: 1891-1979 (IND. 345.4 i385a)
West’s Indiana Cases (North Eastern Reporter): Sept. 1980-current (IND.REF. 348.772 i385)

*Note: North Eastern Reporter includes both Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals decisions.

Supreme Court Archive Search: basic information about cases from 1816 to 1877 (online)
Indiana Decisions & Case Records: (online)

Court Rules

Rules of the Supreme and Appellate Courts: 1854-1967 (IND. 345 I385R)
Indiana Court Rules: 1971-1978 (IND. 347.7 I385ICR)
Indiana Rules of Court: 1980-current (IND. 347.7 I385ICR; current set IND.REF. 347.7 I385ICR)

*Note: Burns Indiana Code contains Indiana rules of Court..

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